Hillary and Philadelphia Deserve Each Other

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“Philly Is Hillary’s Kind of Town.” So enthused Philadelphia-based writer Jennifer Weiner in a guest opinion piece published in today’s New York Times.

As it happens, the Philadelphia Inquirer agrees. In an editorial published yesterday, the Inquirer declared: “Philly’s a great place for a party, but its Democrats are a disgrace.”

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Fear and Loathing In Cleveland

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Trump may have fired up the crowd in Cleveland, and even those who watched the speech on TV, but such enthusiasm is ephemeral; it won’t last. Trump will get his post-convention “bounce.” Then Hillary will get hers. And then the campaign will settle down to kabuki theatre debates and a war of attrition between negative political ads.

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Donald for Queen, Pence for Prime Minister?

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Trump could be the chief of state, just as Queen Elizabeth is chief of state of Great Britain. In that capacity, he could pose for photographs in the Oval Office, preside over state dinners, deliver the State of the Union addresses, and enjoy the limos, the helicopters, the Marine guards, Air Force One, “Hail to the Chief” and all the other ruffles and flourishes that come with being president. Such accoutrements ought to be enough to satisfy even a man of his colossal ego.

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Tempest in a Teacup

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The reporter’s first question was whether Melania Trump was guilty of plagiarism.

Essentially, I said no and yes. The fact that Mrs. Trump used the same clichés and stock phrases as Mrs. Obama—such as “your word is your bond,” “do what you say,” or “treat people with respect”—is not plagiarism.


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“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History”

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Houston’s superlative Gilbert and Sullivan Society will give six performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida between July 22 and July 31. If the preview I saw at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Pub is any indication of what is to come, audiences can look forward to performances that combine fine singing with nimble comic turns.

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